WestJet defends no free meals on long-haul direct flights to London

Meals not included on long haul WestJet flight to London, England. Credit/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Don’t expect a hot meal for long-haul flights on WestJet. Food will come with an added cost on a direct flight from Vancouver to London via the low-cost carrier, while other airlines offer the service for free.

A spokesperson for WestJet, Robert Palmer, told Global News it’s an unfair comparison.

“If you want to pay $800 or $1,000 to fly to London with our competitors, you will get a seat in their economy cabin and a hot meal. If you want to pay half of that on WestJet – less on some dates – you’ll get the same type of seat – with power outlets – in the same type of cabin but without the meal,” Palmer said.

Palmer believes people would much rather pay the extra $15 for food than the extra $300 to $400 with a meal included.

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“Either way, it’s all about choice. We are not trying to imitate our competitors,” Palmer added.

He points out the low-cost carrier has never offered free meals except with a Plus fare where food and beverages are included.

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